Auto bomb in Somali capital kills at least 30, spokesman says

28 Décembre, 2019, 12:41 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB  A man assists a civilian injured at the scene of a car bomb explosion

The toll was likely to rise as scores of people were taken to hospitals, Ismail Mukhtar, a government spokesman, said.

A truck bomb has exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing at least 61 people, officials said.

A man assists a civilian injured at the scene of a auto bomb at a checkpoint in Mogadishu, Somalia, Dec. 28, 2019.

Captain Mohammed Hussein told reporters that the attackers targeted the tax collection office, located near the checkpoint. Abdiqadir Abdirahman, director of the Aamin Ambulance service, counted more than 50 wounded.

"We will confirm the exact number of the number of the dead later but it is not going to be small, most of the dead were innocent university students and other civilians", he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

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'Dozens of injured people were screaming for help, but the police immediately opened fire and I rushed back to my house, ' he said. However, the al-Qaida-linked terror group al-Shabab has carried out similar attacks in the past.

'All I could see was scattered dead bodies [.] amid the blast and some of them burned beyond recognition'.

The deadliest attack in the country's history was a truck bombing in October 2017 in Mogadishu which left 512 people dead and around 295 injured.

Two weeks ago five people were killed when al-Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel popular with politicians, army officers and diplomats in an hours-long siege. The group never claimed responsibility for the blast that led to widespread public outrage.

Somalis salvage goods after shops were destroyed in a vehicle bomb in Mogadishu. It funds itself with a "taxation" system that experts describe as extortion of businesses and travelers that brings in millions of dollars a year.

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